TGIF | 1 June 2018, 8pm
Join us for an evening of fellowship and fun on the Piazza. Calling all ministries - why not make TGIF the place to meet? This is an opportunity for networking and community-building, so come and make the most of it.
Portiuncula Natural Trail
SMOTA Father’s Day Run 2018
LRBM - Mary, A Biblical Walk With Our Blessed Mother
Adult Confirmation 2018.2019
#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions
Musings: Friar Justin Lim, OFM
Life In The Spirit
On the Feast of Pentecost, there are two prayers that I like to use and will recommend to those who sincerely seek the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit: Cardinal Mercier’s Prayer To The Holy Spirit and St Francis of Assisi’s Prayer of Enlightenment.
I learnt about Cardinal Mercier’s prayer when I received a prayer card given out by Charlie Goh, leader of the Holy Spirit Charismatic Group years ago. I used to attend the Charismatic Praise and Worship service at the Churches of the Holy Spirit and Christ the King. Later when I joined the Franciscan Order, I found another prayer that inspired me. It is a powerful prayer that seeks the help of the Holy Spirit to change oneself interiorly to follow God’s will in one’s life. Many of us are reluctant to accept who we really are and allow ourselves to change. Both prayers will require us to make a decision to surrender and submit to the Holy Spirit.
If you are ready to do so, i.e. change, then pray them faithfully. Something will stir in your mind and heart and soon, you will be living ‘Life in the Spirit’. Your life will no longer be the same. It happened to St Francis and Cardinal Mercier and myself. It can happen to you too.
Cardinal Mercier’s Prayer To The Holy Spirit
I am going to reveal to you a secret of sanctity and happiness. For five minutes every day quieten your imagination, close your eyes to everything visible and your ears to all external sounds and withdraw into the sanctuary of your baptised soul which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. There, speak to the Holy Spirit and say:
O Holy Spirit
If you do this, your life will be happy and serene. Even in the midst of troubles you will experience great consolation, for grace will be given to strengthen and help you to cope with every difficulty.
Prayer for Enlightenment or
This prayer is found at the end of Saint Francis’ Letter to the Entire Order, 50-52. The letter was most probably written in 1224 and St Francis had already received the stigmata. It is here in this prayer that we find the best expression of his Trinitarian life.
Almighty, eternal, just,
Thus, inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened, and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son,
And, by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You, Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified God all-powerful
|St Philip Neri, Priest;||26 May 2018, Saturday|
|The Most Holy Trinity;||27 May 2018, Sunday|
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Next session is on Thursday 31 May, 8pm, St Clare Hall!
If you know of anyone interested in the faith, invite them to attend this session.
Let us carry out our Christian duty instructed by Christ to “Go out to the world”, making Christ known in the world.
For more information, please contact Philip Lee email@example.com
Sessions on Thursdays until 26 Jul 2018
Except 21 Jun 2018
8pm, St Clare Hall
Last Thursday of the month from Aug 2018 to Dec 2018
We invite baptised Catholics aged 17 years old and above who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to register by filling up the Adult Confirmation form, Parish website at this link: www.stmary.sg/adultconfirmation
Individuals intending to get married but who have yet to receive the sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to apply. Please email the completed form with a copy of your baptismal certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sessions starts 11 June 2018 at 8.15pm, Gubbio, and will run till January 2019. Attendance is compulsory.
Confirmation takes place on 17 February 2019.
1) No Catechism on 25 May (Secondary levels) and 26 May (Primary levels).
Catechism resumes on 13 July (Secondary levels) and 14 July (Primary levels).
2) Sec 1 Retreat (25 to 27 May 2018), Sec 1 retreatants please assemble at Gubbio 12pm.
Portiuncula is organising a natural trail for young adults (18 - 40yrs) on 26 May, Sat 9am at Bukit Batok Nature Park. After we take time to immerse ourselves in God’s creation, we would then proceed to the food street at Beauty World for lunch. Do come with your friends and join us in this event! RSVP Ben 9100 1674 / email firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 May.
Can’t wait for your next TGIF? Join us for an evening of fellowship and fun on the Piazza.
Calling all Ministries - why not make TGIF the place to meet? This is an opportunity for networking and community-building, so come and make the most of it.
All parishioners are welcome. No booking or registration required. Dogs are welcome, too. If you don’t have a dog, come and pet one. See you there!
It is time for SMOTA's Father’s Day Run 2018! Come build a community of love within our families, our Parish and the Bukit Batok East community! Please register at the counters set up at the Piazza during weekend masses starting from 19 May!
|Date:||Sun 17 June 2018|
|Time:||7.30am – 11am|
|Distance:||4 km, Bukit Batok Park Connector|
Registration fee is at $30 per family
There will be goodie bag per family and a lucky draw.
This event is jointly organised with Bukit Batok East CC.
Saturdays @ 5pm and Weekdays @ 7.45/8.00pm (Coordinator: 9699 3134)
Kindly call the host family if you are joining them for prayers.
|12 - 25 May;||Hima George Block 291C, Bukit Batok St 24;||Mobile:8425 0206|
|26 May - 1 June;||Pamela Diocos, 92 Hillview Ave, Hillbrooks Condo;||Mobile: 8499 4552|
LRBM presents an 8-part video study by Dr Edward Sri. The study allows you to see the significance of Mary as you explore the Biblical roots of our beliefs about her, and deepen your devotion to Mary as you discover our Blessed Mother in a uniquely personal way.
SESSION TIMES AND DATES:
|Wednesdays:||7:45pm - 9:45pm;||20 June - 22 August 2018|
|Thursdays:||9:45am - 12:00noon;||21 June - 30 August 2018|
|Saturdays:||7:30pm - 9:30pm;||23 June - 25 August 2018|
Online registration only at http://www.stmary-lrbm.org.sg/Register.aspx
Registration opens 19 May 2018.
Please register early to avoid disappointment.
Course fee: $32.00 per participant
These booklets have arrived at Canticle:
As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.
Prayers are offered:
Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.
The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family.
Portiuncula will meet regularly every Saturday, 7.30pm.
Interested individuals may direct your enquiries to email@example.com
“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226
The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.
In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?
Make Catechesis a priority!
For news, reflections and latest updates on what’s happening in the parish, download our very own SMOTA App!
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- Security and safety notices
- Advisory on dubious and fake news
- Info on days of obligation
- Important Church content, etc
Go to www.telegram.catholic.sg for more info and to install the app or search for “CatholicSG” in the TELEGRAM App.
Requesting volunteers to help man the frontdesk. Please contact the parish at firstname.lastname@example.org
The parish leadership team is currently looking for medical and security professionals to join Parish Emergency Response teams beginning in January 2017.
The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!
We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (email@example.com).
Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van
We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.
Sunday 11am Choir
The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.
|Ministry||Help Needed||Contact Person and Details|
Agatha Cheong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rose Noronha (email@example.com)
Sun 11am Choir
Canticle Books + Gifts
Anna Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Manning the frontdesk
|Flower Arrangement Ministry||Arranging Flowers||SMS to Sylvia at 9784 2233|